Want to know what’s popular in the world of kitchens right now? There are designs with timeless appeal, others that offer state-of-the-art contemporary style. Fitted and unfitted. No two kitchens are the same. You can spend a lot or a little, but every penny will be throughly considered; a new kitchen is not an impulse buy. So, to help you think about the priorities for your new kitchen here’s a short review of what’s happening in the kitchen showroom.
COLOUR: All white kitchens are highly popular – they’re the most saved images on-line. This aspirational look satisfies the wish for a clean, easy to maintain, hygienic kitchen. Choose a fresh white kitchen from any supplier, in any style. Smooth and unfussy? Go handle-less. Smart and crisp? Add stainless steel door furniture. White is way out in front in terms of popularity, but other colours have character and warmth. Close in second place is the more masculine grey/black combo. And a nice surprise, dark blue and heritage green follow up in third and fourth place. These two colour options take on a traditional look when accessorised with gold, brass or bronze.
APPLIANCES: Integrated appliances make the space neater and less fussy but if you want to show off a space-age fridge, your designer can incorporate it as a free-standing item. Ranges are rarely requested. Hobs, especially induction hobs, are steaming way – even professional cooks find these better than gas for obvious reasons; easy to clean, immediate response, quicker cooking.
Tip: Gas isn’t great for open plan kitchens because the flame accentuates smells.
Wine cooling fridges are popular, and dish-washing drawers as well. Find space for them in your kitchen, you could move out the washing machine and freezer. The boiling hot-water tap is seen by some as an essential but not by all. And side-by-side ovens (one being a full size microwave oven) are practical for home entertaining, you can get a lot of food ready simultaneously.
NEW: We want to spend time in the kitchen, we want to make the kitchen central to family life. We want the kitchen look, not like a kitchen but homely, like a lounge. These unfitted units from SieMatic are designed to fulfil these needs simply and stylishly. Their sturdy elegant legs allow you to see the floor run under them. I love them, they’re the perfect answer to open-plan living.
(Image credits: SieMatic.)